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A research into the suitability of manufacturing cells under highly varied product mix.

Kara, O.N. (2016) A research into the suitability of manufacturing cells under highly varied product mix.

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Abstract:The bachelor assignment concerns the suitability of cellular manufacturing for the production environment of the sheet metal manufacturer. At the moment the company is functionally structured in terms of organizational structure and in terms of physical production layout. Being set up like this gives them flexibility to handle any routing. The downside is a lot of traffic between the departments, as the parts move from department to department through manufacturing. The company currently don't have any production cells, neither have they identified products which together have a 'common' routing. In this thesis we quantitatively analyzed if there's a business case for creating production cells in order to cut back on routing delays and costs. In order to evaluate a business case for this, we identified the common routings in the highly varied product mix based on historical production data. Thereafter, these routings are clustered into routing families by means of the discrete clustering method and the similarity coefficient algorithm. Finally, the results of the clustering methods are used to identify the routings that are suitable for cellular manufacturing.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:50 technical science in general, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management BSc (56994)
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